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West (2013)

Westen (original title)
R | | Drama | 7 November 2014 (USA)
She Can See Her Future, But Can't Escape Her Past.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tristan Göbel ...
Anja Antonowicz ...
Krystyna Jablonowska
Ryszard Ronczewski ...
Jakub - Krystynas Vater
Andreas Nickl ...
Gerd Becker
Polina Voskresenskaya ...
Alexander Scheer ...
Hendrik Arnst ...
Pförtner Neumann
Michael Benthin ...
Arthur Wilhelm
Tatjana Berges ...
Großmutter von Jelena
Angelika Böttiger ...
Dame vom ärztlichen Dienst
Winnie Böwe ...
Indre Bogdan ...
Frau mit roten Haaren
Diana Maria Breuer ...
Beamtin 1 (as Diana-Maria Breuer)


East Germany. Summer, late 70's. Three years after her boyfriend Wassilij's apparent death, Nelly Senff decides to escape from behind the Berlin wall with her son Alexej, leaving her traumatic memories and past behind. Pretending to marry a West German, she crosses the border to start a new life in the West. But soon her past starts to haunt her as the Allied Secret Service begin to question Wassilij's mysterious disappearance. Is he still alive? Was he a spy? Plagued by her past and fraught with paranoia, Nelly is forced to choose between discovering the truth about her former lover and her hopes for a better tomorrow. Written by Main Street Films

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Rated R for a sex scene, brief nudity and violence | See all certifications »

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The movie won two Best Actress Awards for Jördis Triebel. They were the Best Actress Award at the Montréal World Film Festival in 2013 and the Film Award in Gold for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Beste darstellerische Leistung - Weibliche Hauptrolle) at the German Film Awards in 2014. See more »


References I'm Shy, But I'll Heal (1978) See more »

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West is best?
27 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A drama about a mother and son who manage to emigrate from East Germany to West Germany during the era of the Cold War. The transition is complicated by the ongoing requirements of the immigration centre in order to obtain West German citizenship. Further complications arise as her son's father, who they believed dead from an accident in the Soviet Union, is suspected by Western secret services of being alive and having been a Stasi agent. The mother moves inexorably towards paranoia as she becomes unsure of who she can actually trust.

The film captures the atmosphere of the period through incidents, detail and setting. However, at times the film appears a little too concerned with appealing to a potentially broad audience through intrigue, romance and melodrama; understandable but perhaps occasionally unfortunate.

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